- Associated Press - Saturday, October 11, 2014

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - The South Burlington school board has made a new contract offer to teachers who said earlier this week they’d strike next week if a deal can’t be reached.

WPTZ-TV (http://bit.ly/1EH5Tqj ) reports that school board clerk Martin LaLonde called the latest proposal “reasonable” and fair for both sides. He told the television station that the board wants teachers to stay on the job.

“Part of the reason we are doing this is we do want to come to a resolution with the teachers association so they can continue to provide the excellent education that they have been providing the community,” he said.

Eric Stone, the chief negotiator for the South Burlington Educators Association, says he’s pleased there’s been a new offer but said members haven’t reviewed it fully yet.

“We are committed to being ready to resolve this conflict and hope the board will clear their schedules and do what it takes,” he said.

Stone said the new offer made some concessions on health care. The other issue is salary. Specific details of the new proposal were not released.

Teachers have been working without a contract since July 1 and Stone said they would strike on Tuesday if a deal isn’t reached.

Stone said earlier this week that teachers are frustrated their district is the only one in the county that has been unable to reach an agreement. In 2011, South Burlington teachers were on the brink of a strike, but the two sides reached a last-minute deal.

The board met for three hours Thursday night to draft the new proposal.

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